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Mukansanga to Officiate at 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

  • She became the first African woman referee to officiate at the Men’s World Cup in 2022 in Qatar.

  • She was selected alongside three other African women referees.

  • The tournament is to take place in Australia and New Zealand.

Salma Mukansanga, Rwandan international referee has been selected to officiate in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled to hold from July 20th to August 20th in Australia and New Zealand. 

34-year-old Mukansanga made history at the 2022 Men’s World Cup in Qatar where she became the first African woman referee to officiate at the tournament. She is currently ranked among the top African referees, having also been the first woman to handle the men’s game at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The referee was selected alongside three other African female referees including Vincentia Amedome from Togo, Morocco’s Bouchra Karboubi, and Akhona Makalima from South Africa. She has also officiated at the Olympics games, WAFCON, and CAF Women’s Champions League.

The 9th edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup will bring together 32 teams to compete for the glittering trophy. The tournament will be the first Women’s World Cup to take place under FIFA’s overhauled commercial structure that was announced in 2021 and was for the first time “unbundled” the women’s game from the men’s, allowing brands to take up dedicated partnerships exclusively for its women’s football programmes.

In 2022 when she became the first woman to referee at the African Cup Nations, she led an all-woman officiating team of Fatiha Jermoumi from Morocco, Cameroon’s Carine Atemzabong and Bouchra Karboubi from Morocco as the VAR.  She was also an official at the 2019 FIFA Women’s Cup that was held in France. 

Mukansanga was the fourth official when France, the defending champions, defeated Australia 4-1. She also earned recognition as one of the BBC 100 Women in December 2022. 

 

Nigeria: NLO Introduces New Technology to Ease Talent Activities

  • The Nationwide League One (NLO) unveiled its new technology to support agents/scouts’ work ahead of the 2023 season.

The Nationwide League One (NLO), Nigeria’s third-tier football league, has stated plans to employ a new technological innovation to aid player agents’ and scouts’ work ahead of the 2023 season scheduled to commence on May 3rd, 2023 at Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano. 

The NLO said that using a digital platform that enables the agent or scout to evaluate their objectives without being physically present, the invention would give football scouts/agents access to several categories of U-19 footballers with full options and a history of players.

According to NLO’s Media Officer, Abdulgafar Oladimeji, who gave his remark on the innovation while revealing fixtures of the 2023 season, said that the introduction of the technological scouting device was primarily intended to showcase the skills and talents of young footballers in the league to international clubs.

The NLO’s Media Officer revealed that with the invention, interested agents scouting players in the country would readily do so through the Internet. “Gone are the days when international club owners are invited to watch and pick talented players, NLO has come up with a website through which international clubs watch live matched and make their choices of talented players”, he added.

Oladimeji actively promoted media participation in the NLO season this year, as he said that the organization had gone digital and genuine sponsors had contributed sufficient funds to ensure the league’s success. “No football project can prosper without the media. The sponsors come in due to the extent of media coverage. It is now mandatory that any club participating in the NLO league must have a media department”.

According to Oladimeji, eight teams are expected to trade tackles in Kano, likewise, other states in the north, and the top teams in each state would compete against one another in an interstate competition from which four teams will be chosen to represent the north in the national championship.

He assured that the NLO is greatly committed to ensuring that only players within the age bracket stipulated are featured in the league, noting that the organization has introduced anti-forgery processes to hinder the tendencies of fraud and corruption in the licensing process.

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Nigerian Billionaire Funds Record-Breaking Football Competition

  • The winning team will go home with $1 billion and the runners-up will get $200 million.

Dozy Mmobuosi, a football investor and billionaire, is sponsoring the Dozy Mmobuosi Super Cup Football Tournament, a bigger and more profitable football competition in Nigeria with a record-breaking prize fund of 1.2 billion.

Twelve of the top Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs will compete in the event, with each team getting a $20 million appearance fee. The victorious team will take home $1 billion, and the runners-up will get $200 million. The decision to increase the tournament’s size was taken in response to stakeholders’ and fans’ growing desire for more elite football competition.

Mmobuosi underlined that the additional financing would enable organizations to devote more funds to personnel, facilities, and infrastructure, luring elite players to the league and boosting the level of football in Nigeria as a whole. The event will be put on by the Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation under the direction of the Nigeria Premier Football League Ltd by Guaranty in collaboration with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Additionally, Mmobuosi is almost ready to purchase Championship team Sheffield United is significant. The English Football League (EFL) is still investigating his ongoing attempts to purchase the franchise.

Mmobuosi is also a Nigerian fintech entrepreneur in talks with United’s current owner, Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The EFL hierarchy is also researching the funding and business options of Mmobuosi.

Tingo Inc., the business owned by Mmobuosi, recently released its most recent financial figures following an audit by a Deloitte branch based in the US. Members of Mmobuosi’s inner circle feel that the statistics should give his application more credibility even though they are not intended to hasten the EFL’s decision-making process.

Nigeria’s Agbalaka, Njoku Listed Among CAF ‘Best XI’

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles duo Solomon Agbalaka and Augustine Njoku have been listed among the CAF Best XI of the 2023 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Egpyt. Africa’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) released the list of the game’s best players that spotlighted four players of the winning team of Senegal.

The CAF list also featured Gambia and Congo with two players each and one from Uganda. The Flying Eagles defenders were the only Nigerians on the list that was dominated by Senegalese footballers.

19-year-old Solomon Agbalaka plays as the left-back defender for the Flying Eagles as an ever-present figure, scoring one goal as Nigeria finished third in the competition. He was named Man-of-Match winner in the 1-0 win against hosts, Egypt and Mozambique in the tournament’s group stages.

Augustine Chimezie Njoku on the other hand is an 18-year-old right-back defender and mainstay of the team. He played four games for the Nigerian side although missed out on the beginning lineups in the semifinals and 3rd place final. He was the key player in Nigeria’s 1-0 win against Uganda in the quarter-finals, earning Nigeria a place in the 2023 U-20 World Cup.

Some other Nigerian players envisaged to make the CAF XI but missed out include Benjamin Frederick, who plays as a center-back, and Ibrahim Muhammed – a forward.

Nigeria, formerly called the African Youth Championship and a seven-time winner of the tournament, is expected to join Tunisia, Gambia, and Senegal as African representatives at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia that scheduled to hold May 20 and June 11, 2023.

CAF Announces Dates for AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023

  • This will be the 34th edition of the tournament.

 

The CAF has officially confirmed the dates of the Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023, with the opening match scheduled to take place on January 13th, 2024 at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Ebimpe, Abidjan. On February 11th, the four-week competition between the top 24 countries in Africa will be concluded.

 

 

The competition will be in its 34th year. After taking place there for the first time in 1984, when Cameroon won for the first time, the month-long competition returns to Cote d’Ivoire. The route to Cote D’Ivoire is progressively taking shape as the world prepares for Africa’s largest football show as the Afcon qualifiers near their conclusion.

 

 

Following the spectacular qualifying round this past weekend, six nations joined the hosts, Cote d’Ivoire, in the competition. They are Senegal, the reigning African champions, South Africa, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Morocco, and Morocco. Also, Veron Mosengo-Omba, general secretary of the CAF, added that the bi-annual assignment’s final draw will take place in September of this year.

 

In due course, the time and location will be determined.

The African football governing body anticipates record global TV audiences and stadium attendances for next year’s edition of its flagship competition, which also currently holds the record as being Africa’s biggest event. This is due to the rapidly growing global interest in CAF competitions that have been recorded in the last few months.

 

 

With the introduction of cutting-edge broadcast technology and digital engagement, CAF has made significant strides in enhancing the viewing and stadium attendance experience of its competitions, as is evident in the recently concluded CAF competitions. This has led to the creation of a world-class product that is consumed in real-time across the globe.

 

 

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is the governing authority of beach soccer, futsal, and association football in Africa. It was founded on February 8th, 1957 at Khartoum Sudan’s Grand Hotel by the national football associations of Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Sudan.

Okocha’s story finds expression in “Jay Jay: The Chosen One”.

 

  • Jay Jay Okocha is considered by many as the kind of player that shows up once in several decades.
  • His impact in the game of soccer is not easy to erase.
  • More and more people, especially from younger generations, will identify with his exploits after seeing the creative work put together in honor of this icon.

 

Former Nigerian super-star footballer, Augustine Jay Jay Okocha, after more than a decade of hanging his playing boots, will be back on screen, this time he will neither be playing soccer nor playing the role of a pundit for media houses during key matches; he will have his story retold in an animated series titled ‘Jay Jay: The Chosen One.’ Fans of the international sports star will be treated to 13 episodes of Okocha’s passion for football and his love for the animal kingdom which bestows superpowers on him in return for his fight against illegal poaching; all simulated in this enthralling animated series.

 

Reports say that the show is essentially a reimagining of his childhood days. This Showmax’s first attempt at creating an original animated series will spotlight an 11-year-old Okocha and his dreams of playing for his school at a significant football contest with a team composed of his rag-tag friends. The series parades a robust Nigerian cast, led by Prince Unigwe who plays Jay Jay, along-side veteran actor Chinedu Ikedieze of the hilarious ‘Aki and PawPaw’ fame, Samuel Ajibola, Eric Obinna, Pamilerin Ayodeji, and others.

 

 

The icon did not hide his excitement; he says he feels quite celebrated and even animated about the idea to create an animation that recreates his childhood. About the work, Okocha said, “I’m honored to have an animated series that reimagines my childhood. Jay Jay: The Chosen One is going to bring back good childhood memories as well as inspire young children who have dreams to be football players.”

 

Jay Jay featured quite prominently in three World Cups for the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles, between 1993 and 2006, and led the same national team to Olympic victory at the games in Atlanta, in 1996. Jay Jay: The Chosen One stands out as an apt acknowledgement of Okocha’s input to football, in Nigeria and globally. It represents his lasting legacy in the global soccer scene. The talented playmaker was a member of the Super Eagles squad that lifted the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Tunisia, in 1994; he has about 73 caps to his name.

 

 

At club level, Jay Jay had successful sessions in Turkey, for Fenerbahce. He also frequently featured flagrantly in France’s PSG fixtures, and for English Premier League side Bolton Wanderers. Okocha also played prominently in Germany and Qatar, then, finally retired in the United Kingdom in 2008 after his stint with Hull City. He is regarded as one of the most skillful offensive midfielders the game of football has ever seen; an all-time great, and he is also considered by a lot of people as the greatest footballer to ever emerge from Nigeria.

 

For Showmax, the series, which will be produced by Nihilent Limited alongside 5th Dimension as well as animation studio I-Realities, is the first shot at creating an animated work. They said, through a spokesperson, that the show would “give Nigerian children of all ages the opportunity to see themselves represented in animated form which is positive, humorous and educational” and “enchant and motivate kids across our continent through fantasy adventures as well as the power of sport.”

 

 

Ms. Yolisa Phahle, CEO of Showmax and Connected Video at MultiChoice says, “Not only is Jay Jay: The Chosen One another locally inspired Showmax Original, it marks the beginning of our adventures in animation. This is a show we believe will find audiences globally and shines the spotlight on yet another world-class African achiever that we hope will be enjoyed by kids and the entire family.”

 

Nihilent Limited’s director and Executive Vice Chairman, Mr. LC Singh, said, “I always knew that creating a sports-based animation series for kids would be challenging and rewarding at the same time. The amount of work that goes into every single frame is immense, but seeing the final product come to life makes it all worth it.”

 

The launch of the series has left many fans of the icon as elated as he is.  Watch the trailer of the creative work here https://youtu.be/Bk840Nt-0ls .

RWANDA HOSTS 73RD FIFA CONGRESS.

  • The 73rd edition of the FIFA Congress was hosted in Kigali from the 13th to the 17th of March.
  • The renovated stadium was inaugurated and renamed after the legendary Brazilian footballer.
  • Rwanda is banking on expanding its tourism by positioning itself as Africa’s sports hub hosting major competitions.

The 73rd edition of FIFA Congress took off on the 13th of March and lasted till the 17th of March in Kigali. It brought together about 2,000 delegates from 211-member associations and other football stakeholders.

The event focused on a range of issues facing football, including governance, ethics, and the development of the sport at all levels.

The renovated Nyamirambo Stadium, which is now renamed after the legendary Brazilian footballer Pele, was inaugurated during the event. The capacity of the stadium was increased to 15,000 in a revamp that was partly funded by FIFA to the tune of over $350,000. Rwanda also invested Rwf160 million (about $160,000) in 2021 to upgrade Amahoro stadium, increasing its seating capacity from 25,000 to 45,000. The revamping is set to be completed next year.

Rwanda is banking on expanding its tourism by positioning itself as Africa’s sports hub hosting major competitions. The country eyes raising $800 million in sports tourism by next year.

In July 2021, The country hosted the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tours for both men and women and the Basketball Africa League in May of the same year.

Rwanda was also the third African country to host the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, attracting nearly 2,000 athletes from 20 countries.

Kigali has also won the bid to host the 2025 World Road Cycling Championships, the first time it will be held on the African continent.

The country’s partnership with Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain in the Visit Rwanda campaign generated $445 million in tourism revenues, with over one million visitors in 2022, according to government figures.

THE SUNDOWNS RANK BEST IN AFRICA.

  • About Mamelodi Sundown Club
  • Mamelodi Sundown Club achievements
  • Mamelodi Sundown club ranks as the best club in Africa.

Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, simply known as Sundowns is a South African professional football club based in Mamelodi, Pretoria in the Gauteng province that plays in the Premier Soccer League, the first tier of the South African football league system. It was founded in the 1970s.

They have won the Premier League title 12 times since its inception in 1996. They also hold a joint record of three National Soccer League Championships and have won 15 league titles in total.

Sundowns won the 2016 CAF championships and the 2017 CAF Super Cup and were voted the 2016 CAF club of the year. Locally, they have won the Nedbank Cup six times, the MTN 8 four times and the Telkom knockout four times. They are also the first South African team to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup, where they finished 6th place. In 2021, Sundowns became Africa’s first club to win Caf Champions League and CAF Women’s Champions League titles.

This club is owned by a South African business magnate Patrice Motsepe and it is one of the most valuable clubs in Africa by club value.

Mamelodi Sundowns are currently ranked as the best football club in Africa by Football Database dot com. Following closely is the Al Ahly club of Egypt.

NIGERIAN FOOTBALLER BREAKING RECORDS.

Victor James Osimhen, a Nigerian professional footballer has recently been making a lot of waves in his football career. He was recently named the Serie A player of the month for January 2023.

He is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. He won the Golden Boot award after scoring ten goals in seven games at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup which Nigeria won. He is currently the 9th all-time goal scorer of the Nigeria national team.

Victor recently broke the internet with his career chart. He just reached 100 goals in 197 games which is faster than the other players considered the G.O.A.Ts in football. 

This has gotten so many social media users talking and comparing his achievements with that of other players. A Twitter user, @BeksFCB wrote “Victor Osimhen has been better and more consistent than Rashford but English media are saying Rashford is the best player in Europe right now. Is Victor playing in Kenya”

A football page on Twitter, @goal wrote on their Twitter page “Victor Osimhen reached 100 career goals quicker than the GOATs. Another football page @4footballTV also wrote “Victor Osimhen has broken Christiano Ronaldo’s record for the highest jump for a Serie A header goal. monstrous!!!” 

In the same vein, Victor has also been named the World’s Best Striker ahead of Erling Haaland by the UK newspaper, Daily Mail. 

DEATH OF GHANA’S GREAT FOOTBALLER.

Christian Atsu Twasam was a Ghanaian professional footballer born on the 10th of January 1992. He played primarily as a winger but was often deployed as an attacking midfielder or a left back.

Atsu was born in Ada Foah, Greater Accra Region.[3] He spent some of his education at the then Feyenoord Football Academy at Gomoa Fetteh, in the Central Region of Ghana which has now been changed to West African Football Academy at Sogakope, in the Volta Region of Ghana.

He arrived Porto at the age of 17 and on 14th May 2011, he was called up by the first team manager, Andrè Villas-Boas for a Premier League match against Maritimo, even though he did not leave the bench.

On the 1st of June, 2012, He won his first senior cap for the Ghana National Team. He was described by BBC as an excellent prospect. ESPN also corroborated that statement saying he was quick and technically impressive, they also said he was a potential future star for his national team. In 2013, he was in the Ghanaian squad for the Africa Cup of Nations held in South Africa. He was also selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

He was named in the Team of the Tournament for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, where Ghana came fourth. He was called up for the 2019 edition in Egypt.

Apart from being a very good footballer, Atsu was a philanthropist, he gave so much to people who were struggling. Christian Atsu paid the fines of 53 poor people, who were in prison for petty crimes in Ghana in 2018. He also gave them money to start a business. He upgraded the football pitch in Awutu Prison Camp. He donated to schools and hundreds of items to an orphanage in Senya Berekum.

Unfortunately, the earthquake of Turkey claimed his life. He went missing on the 6th of February and it was feared that he was among those trapped. On the 18th of February his body was recovered.

His death was felt by everyone as he has impacted all the lives he has come across.

FOOTBALL: EGYPTIAN CLUB EMERGES FOURTH, REWARDED CASH.

Al Ahly is a Sporting Club commonly referred to as Ahly. it is an Egyptian professional football club based in Cairo and plays in the Egyptian Premier League.

The club was founded on the 24th of April, 1907. It has a record of 42 Egyptian Premier League titles, 37 Egypt Cup titles, and 12 Egyptian Super Cups.

Internationally, the club has also won a record 10 CAF Champions League titles, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, a record of 8 CAF Super Cups, a record of 4 African Cup Winners’ Cups, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship, an Arab Club Champions Cup, an Arab Cup Winners’ Cup, a record of 2 Arab Super Cups, and has won 3 bronze medals in the FIFA Club World Cup

Al Ahly is considered the most successful football club in African history and was voted by CAF as the African club of the 20th century.

They participated in the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco of which they emerged fourth. They will be rewarded with a cash price of $2 million dollars for finishing fourth.

FOOTBALL: NIGERIAN PLAYER NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH.

Victor James Osimhen is a Nigerian professional footballer, born on the 29th of December, 1998. He plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigeria national team. 

Osimhen started his career at the Ultimate Strikers Academy, based in Lagos, Nigeria. In January 2016, after being noticed for his performances at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Osimhen committed to a pre-contract with VfL Wolfsburg, stipulating that he would officially join the club in January 2017.

Victor began his senior career in Germany at VfL Wolfsburg in 2017. He made his senior debut in June 2017 and played at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Following a season and a half at the club, he moved to Belgian side Charleroi on loan in 2018-2019, before moving to France at Lille. He then transferred to Serie A club Napoli for a club-record fee of 70 million Euros.

He won the Golden Boot award after scoring ten goals in seven games at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup which Nigeria won. He is currently the 9th all-time goal scorer of the Nigeria national team.

Victor Osimhen has been named the Serie A Player of the Month for January 2023 and is considered one of the best strikers in Serie A and in the world

MOROCCO BREAKS FIFA RECORD.

Morocco is a culture-rich place and they were proud to showcase their heritage at the FIFA opening ceremony.

This year’s FIFA Club World Cup opening ceremony started with a display of these cultures. There were multiple performances reflecting the cultural heritage.

It begun with a short scene, narrating the story of Moroccan explorer, Ibn Battuta. His life passion reflects Morocco’s long-standing openness to the world.

There were a few traditional performances that showcased the country’s diverse cultural mix. It featured iconic Amazigh music, Jebala music. Aissaoua, and Sahrawi music on a list of 12 performances each reflecting the culture of Morocco’s 12 provinces.

At the second phase of the show, Moroccan rapper Dzdross took the stage to deliver his famous “L’kora 7na Maliha” a song that celebrates Morocco’s historic World Cup run in Qatar.

The third part of the ceremony had Morocco’s national football team Walid Regragui, delivering a short speech paying tribute to the departed football legend Pele, and recalled Morocco’s historic performance in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The opening ceremony took place in the Ibn Battuta Stadium in Tangier and was followed by the first game in the tournament at 8 p.m Morocco time.

This FIFA World Cup opening ceremony broke the record for the Most Attended Opening ceremony in the tournament’s history. 47,137 were in attendance, breaking the former record of 35,247 attendees in 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA PREPARES TO INK A $52M SPONSORSHIP DEAL

According to an official document released by the Daily Maverick news site, the South African government is taking into consideration a sponsorship deal worth $52 million with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs.

 

The statement reports that the contract is geared toward the promotion of South Africa as a travel destination although the country is considering financing a wealthy football club.

 

It added that the details of the three-year deal are on the brink of being finalized through the marketing branch of South Africa tourism. 

 

The report also read that the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa will make an announcement for the deal on 10th February during his state of the Nation Address, although there are no remarks from the president or the minister of tourism yet. 

 

Tottenham Hotspur is an English premier league professional football club located in London, England. It is one of the top flight teams of English football. 

 

The Rwandan government has also had a funding deal worth more than $42 million that involved a “Visit Rwanda” logo exhibited on Arsenal short sleeves. 

FNB STADIUM RANKS TOP 15 IN MOST BEAUTIFUL STADIUM.

A research was conducted by a British sports betting platform. It was a wide-ranging analysis done through fans from across the globe as well as analyzing Instagram hashtags.

 

According to their findings, FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa ranked 13th in the most beautiful stadium list. 

 

The First National Bank Stadium is also known as Soccer City or The Calabash. It is an association football and Rugby Union stadium located in Nasrec, bordering the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the home of Kaizer Chiefs F.C. in the South African Premier Soccer League as well as key fixtures for the South African national football team. The FNB Stadium is the largest stadium in Africa with a 94,736 capacity.

 

It was built in 1987 and opened up to the public in 1989. The location in which it was built is quite symbolic as that was the place Nelson Mandela gave his first speech in Johannesburg after his release in 1990, it also served as the menu for a memorial service to him on the 10th of December, 2010.  It was also the venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, which was played by the Netherlands and Spain. The World Cup closing ceremony on the day of the final saw the final public appearance of Mandela.

 

The outside is designed to have the appearance of an African pot, the cladding on the outside of the stadium is a mosaic of fire and earthen colors, with a ring of light running around the bottom of the pot, simulating fire underneath the pot and there are no restricted views in the stadium.

 

LYLE FOSTER IS SET TO BECOME SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER.

Lyle Brent Foster is a South African professional footballer born on the 3rd of September 2000. He plays as a forward for EFL Championship club Burnley and the South Africa national team.

Brent was named among the English newspaper The Guardian’s top 60 most promising young players in the world. He signed a deal with Monaco in January, 2019 which lasts till June 2023, where he will begin on the reserve team.

On the 30th of August 2019, Brent joined Monaco’s farm-club Cercle Brugge in Belgium on a season-long loan. On August 2020, he became a new player for Vitória de Guimarães. In 2021, he joined Westerlo on a season-long loan.

In 2022, he moved to Westerlo on a permanent basis and signed a four-year contract with the club

Burnley have agreed to a 6.2 million euros deal for his switch from Belgian club, KVC Westerlo. The transfer will increase to 8.8 euros if they gain promotion to the Premier League.

 

This sets Lyle Brent Foster on the path of becoming South Africa’s most expensive player.

9-YEAR OLD CAMEROONIAN, FLEUR RANDA, SEEN COVERING A SPORTS EVENT.

Pictures of a 9 year old Cameroonian sports photographer hit the internet and immediately became viral.

Fleur Randa could be the youngest sports photographer in Africa or even in the world. Photos of her covering the Cameroon national team training was what hit the internet.

Fleur Randa drew her inspiration from her father, Kendji Nick Lionel who is also a professional. In the photos she follows her father around as they travel around with the Indomitable Lions while taking quality photos.

Her passion came from closely watching her father and following him to numerous sports events and learning from him before perfecting the art.

Among the photos that hit the internet was one where she was sharing her work with the Cameroon players, led by Inter Milan-bound goalkeeper Andre Onana. This picture excited fans online as the Indomitable lions seemed fascinated by her work.

This 9 year old is definitely going places.

 

MOROCCAN FOOTBALLER HONORED FOR HIS WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE AT THE 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP.

Achraf Hakimi is a professional football player that was born on the 4th of November, 1998 to Moroccan parents. He mainly plays as a right back for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Morocco national team. He is also regarded as one of the best right-backs in world football and is known for his speed, runs and goal scoring ability.

 

He represented Morocco at various youth levels before making his international debut when he was 17 in 2016. He was previously capped by the nations’ youth teams at under-20. In May 2018, he was chosen in Morocco’s squads for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and 2022 and also the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 and 2021 in cameroon.

 

Hakimi made his debut for the under-23s on the 5th of June, 2016, coming on as a substitute in a 4-0 win against Canada. He scored his first international goal on the 1st of September, 2017 in a 6-0 home routing of Mali.

 

He started all of his matches in the group stages. He scored a free kick in a 2-2 tie against Gabon. He also scored a free kick against Malawi in the 70th minute gaining his team victory.

 

On the 10th of November, 2022 he was named in Morocco’s 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World cup in Qatar. He was the one that scored the winning goal in a penalty shoot-out against Spain in the round of 16 which secured a place for his country in the quarter-finals.

 

He has been profiled as a quick, dynamic and powerful right-sided attacking full-back or wing-back, who is tactically and technically adept and capable of playing long accurate passes from defense.

 

Recently, a stadium was named after him in his mother’s hometown, Ksar EL-Kebir in Morocco. This action was to honor him for his wonderful performance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It was named The Achraf Hakimi Stadium

 

LEGENDS GRACE CHAN OPENING CEREMONY IN ALGERIA.

The opening ceremony for the African’s Nations Championship was hosted yesterday, the 13th of January, 2023.

Super Eagles midfield maestro and former African legend, Austine Jay Jay Okocha was invited for the ceremony. He featured in five African Cup of Nations and was also part of the victorious 1994 set in Tunisia.

Other legends like Rabat Madjer who represented Algeria for 19 years and participated in two World Cups in 1983 and 1986 as well as the AFCON in 1990 guided the legends and welcomed them to his country.

A two time African champion and head of Cameroon Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o was part of this legendary group.

The opening ceremony was epic and the audience were served with cultural displays. They were taken on a tour through the cultures of Algeria.

Other legends like Didier Drogba, Asamoah Guan and Yaya Toure also graced the event.

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR GOES ROUND TOGO TO SUPPORT STUDENTS, YOUNG FOOTBALLERS AND AMATEUR TOURNAMENTS.

Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor is a Togolese football player who plays as a striker for the Togolese Championant National club Semassi. Prior to this, he has played for clubs like arsenal, Manchester city, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace as well as some other teams.

 

In 2008, he was voted African footballer of the year, he later on became the most iconic signing in Paraguayan football. In 2020, he was the highest paid player in the country’s history. In the country’s debut in the FIFA World cup in Germany in 2006, Emmanuel represented his country; it was also the country’s only appearance till date. He is also the country’s all-time top goal scorer with 32 goals

 

Even though originally Nigerian, born to parents of Yoruba origin, Adebayor chose to represent the country of his birth. He was a pundit for the BBC sports 2020 FIFA World cup coverage. In 2007, he was BBC footballer of the year. He also scored the BBC goal of the season in 2007/2008.

 

Emmanuel Adebayor owns a foundation called the Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor Foundation (SEA). This foundation takes care of hundreds of children.

 

Adebayor has been traveling around his country, Togo to support students, young footballers and amateur football tournaments. Helping people with talent achieve their goals

 

FORMER MOROCCAN INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLER TURNS THIRTY-NINE TODAY.

Marouane Chamakh is a former Moroccan footballer that was born and raised in France. He was born on the 10th of January, 1984. 

 

He started his football career at the age of four playing for local club, Nerac FC in the nearby commune of Nerac. After six years at Nerac, he joined FC Marmandais. He developed his physical skill and traits while in Marmande and earned his first regional selection to play for Aquitaine regional team in the Coupe Nationale. 

 

He plays internationally for Morocco. He made his national team debut in July 2003 and played in three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, including the 2004 tournament in which Morocco finished as runners-up. In August 2010, he captained the national team for the first time in a 2-1 win over Equatorial Guinea. He is a Moroccan international at the senior level. 

 

The Bordeaux’s eleventh highest goal scorer of all time is popularly known for his link up play, tall stature and excellent heading ability

 

Prior to representing Morocco, he played for the under-19 team of France and made his debut on 12th February, 2003 in a friendly match against Czech Republic.

 

Chamakh joined Championship side Cardiff City on a short-term contract in October 2016. He made his debut for the club on the 19th of October as a second half substitute in place of Rickie Lambert during a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. He appeared twice under Cardiff, both as a substitute.

 

Marouane Chamakh confirmed his retirement from professional football on 26th May, 2019 after not playing for two and half years. 

 

Marouane Chamakh turns 39 on this day, the 10th of January, 2023.

SOUTH AFRICAN REFEREE, AKHONA MAKALIMA APPOINTED TO OFFICIATE AT THE 2023 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP.

Akhoma Makalima is an international female referee that hails from South Africa. She has been listed as an international referee for FIFA since 2014.

 

She is one of the best female referees in Africa. She holds a national diploma in human resource management from King Hintsa FET College.

 

In November 2021, she was the first female referee to officiate the first CAF Women’s Champions League in Cairo, Egypt. Asides her international records, she has also set several records in her own country. She is the first certified female football referee in South Africa, she has officiated for FIFA in the local South African Premier Soccer League and the women’s league as well.

 

She is also a very athletic woman who loves to sprint when officiating. Over the past few years she has proven her professionalism and dedication to the game

 

Owing to her dedication, she has been appointed as one of the referees for the FIFA women’s World Cup which will be taking place from the 20th of July till the 20th of August, 2023. 

 

She said the appointment is one of the greatest achievements in her rising career and she was looking forward to the tournament and to making her country proud. She stated “it is always satisfying when you put all the hard work and you see it paying off. SAFA and most officials have been putting in a lot of hard work to improve the officiating in the country and the number of officials appointed for FIFA and CAF tournaments is a testament to the Association and the official’s hard work. My heart is filled with huge excitement and gratitude. This is what we all strive for as match officials; officiating at the biggest stage and I really want to thank all those involved in this project for a job well done. I am really overwhelmed with emotions, words cannot express my excitement”.

 

COMMENCEMENT OF THE INSTALLATION OF BUCKET SEATS IN MARTYRS STADIUM,KINSHASA.

Stades Des Martyrs de la Pentecote was opened in 1993 in Kinshasa with 80,000 capacity for international matches and 100,000 capacity for national matches.

It is the second largest stadium in Africa and home stadium of the National team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the AS Vita Club and DC the Motema Pembe of championship Democratic Republic of the Congo Football.

It recently started undergoing a renovation and the renovation is almost complete. The Democratic Republic of Congo has commenced the installation of bucket seats in the stadium.

MOROCCO PLANS TO LAUNCH GRAND STADIUM OF CASABLANCA IN 2025.

Morocco has planned to launch a 93,000 capacity stadium in Casablanca in 2025. The proposed title of this stadium is Grand Stade de Casablanca.

 

Once completed in 2025, it will be used for football matches and will serve as the home of the Moroccan men’s national team, the Atlas Lions.

 

It is the third highest capacity football stadium in Africa; it will replace Stade Mohammed V upon completion. 

 

The initial idea of the stadium was for the world cup in 2010 but Morocco lost their bid to South Africa. It also would have hosted the finals of the 2026 World cup had the three nation bids of Canada, Mexico and the United States not out done theirs.

 

Morocco is now planning to bid to host the World cup in 2030 with Grand Stade de Casablanca as one of its venues.

THE NELSON MANDELA STADIUM AT ALGERIA HAS BEEN INAUGURATED.

The Nelson Mandela stadium at Algeria was inaugurated today. The Algerian sports minister, Abdel Razzak announced on Tuesday the 20th of December, 2022 that the stadium will be named after Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid activist.

 

The stadium is a 40,000 capacity stadium in Baraki, Algeria, a suburb of Algiers. It is the first stadium in Algeria where the standard of FIFA would be able to host all the matches organized by FIFA including the world cup.

 

The stadium extends to over a total area of 68 hectares and it includes all infrastructure essential to the organization of international football events. It also includes ancillary spaces which includes 50 accommodation rooms including two suites, a car park with the capacity of 6,000 vehicles on an area of 13 hectares, a heliport for emergencies or the reception of official delegations, a replica field, as well as green spaces.

 

The stadium also has four changing rooms, dressing rooms for the referees, a medical area, a medical analysis laboratory, a hall of honor, a presidential stand, a conference room of 258 seats, a press area, radio and television broadcasting studios, three simultaneous interpretation studios, three 1,000 seat restaurants, fast food areas and some other infrastructures. 

 

This stadium will host the final of the 2022 CHAN and also the opening ceremony of the next African Nations that is scheduled to be held on the 13th of January to the 4th of February,2023.

MOROCCO TO GET $25 MILLION CASH PRIZE FOR COMING FOURTH PLACE IN THE JUST CONCLUDED WORLD CUP.

In the just rounded up FIFA World cup, Morocco was among the semi-finalists, coming out 4th overall.

 

On Saturday night, the 10th of December, 2022, Morocco played against Portugal winning with one score against their zero, qualifying them for the semi-finalist position. This made Morocco the first African nation to get to the semi-finals in the FIFA world cup. 

 

Morocco made history. Sadly, they were defeated by france.

 

Morocco will be awarded with a total sum of $25 million as prize money for coming in as 4th place.

 

Other African countries that won prize money are Tunisia, Cameroon and Ghana who exited at group stage and won $9 million each. Senegal made it through to the round of 16 and won $13 million.

MOROCCO TO HOST CLUB WORLD CUP IN 2023

The FIFA President Gianni Infantino has announced that Morocco will host the next Club World Cup in February, as the expanded version of the competition is scheduled to start in 2025.

 

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Doha, the FIFA President disclosed that the tournament will take place from February 1st to 11th, 2023.

 

This decision was made following the team’s historic performance at the FIFA World Cup as they became the first African and Arab nation to reach the semi-finals in the tournament. 

 

The 24-team men’s Club World Cup featuring eight teams from Europe will have a new look as revealed by the FIFA president which would be effected in 2025 and feature 32 teams. 

 

After hosting the Club World Cup in 2013 and again in 2014, this will be the third time the North African country will host the competition, while the most recent edition was held in the United Arab Emirates in February.

 

Representing Africa as the 2021/22 CAF Champions League title holder is Morocco’s Wydad Club Athletic.

ZAMBIA WRAPS UP U20 AFCON TRAINING CAMP

The U20 national team in Zambia are about to wrap up the sides’ second week of their preliminary 2023 U20 AFCON training camp in Lusaka. 

This will be Zambia’s first time back at the U20 AFCON after winning it as hosts in 2017 that later saw the team reach the FIFA U20 World Cup quarter finals in South Korea. 

There were 36 players who entered the first week of training camp although 30 remained this week as Head Coach, Chisi Mbewe’s charges intensified early preparations for the U20 AFCON that Egypt is going to host from February 18th to March 12th.

Chisi confirmed overseas call-ups including winger, Richard Ngoma of Maccabi Netanya in Israel, midfielder, Miguel Chaiwa of young boys in Switzerland and striker Peter Chiklola from Croatian club, Gorcia. However, the local training camp does not include any foreign-based call-ups.

The coach said: “We are yet to be given the number of players we are expected to remain with and waiting for regulations from CAF that is the reason why we still have 30 players in camp”.

In October, Zambia qualified for the U20 AFCON after winning the 2022 COSAFA U20 title, where they kicked out Mozambique after a 1-0 victory in the final which took place in Eswatini. 

SUPER FALCONS STAR, NGOZI OKOBI CELEBRATES 29TH BIRTHDAY

Nigerian professional footballer, Super Falcons star Ngozi Sonia Okobi-Okeoghene marks her 29th birthday today 14th December, 2022.

The football star plays as a forward for Swedish club Eskilstuna United DFF and the Nigeria women’s national team and has also been one of Nigeria’s most featured players since progressing from the youth team.

In 2010, she made her first appearance for the Super Falcons and has become one of the veterans in midfield in the past ten years.

In the spirit of celebration, Okobi also celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary. In a message on her official social media platforms, she revealed celebrating her five years wedding anniversary with her husband and thanked him for being an amazing spouse.

She celebrated her birthday with stunning professional photos on her official social media platforms with a message expressing gratitude for being alive.

She started off her professional career with Delta Queens in the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL), which has been a worth-while for her. 

Okobi moved to the United States of America and played for Washington Spirit in the National Women’s SoccerLeague (NWSL), and later returned to Europe with Sweden for top women’s outfit Vittsjo GIK and is currently with rivals Eskilstuna United.

Okobi has been part of the team that won the 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup of Nations (WAFCON), as she is one the key players for the Super Falcons.

Also, she was part of the Super Falcons team that finished fourth at the 2022 WAFCON and is anticipated to return for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

MOROCCO’S AIRLINE PLANS TO JET FANS AHEAD OF FRANCE CLASH IN QATAR

Morocco’s National airline plans to airlift more jubilant fans to the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup, ahead of their semi-final clash against France on Wednesday 14th December in Qatar.

 

On Monday, in a statement by the airline’s management, it said, “In order to allow the many Moroccans wanting to support the national team at its peak and experience the emotion of the World Cup semi-final, Royal Air Maroc has set up an air bridge between Casablanca and Doha”.

 

Recall that the country’s national team defeated Portugal in 1-0 match on Saturday becoming the first African or Arab team to qualify for a World Cup semi-final and ensuing celebrations across the Arab world.

 

The Royal Air Maroc airline called it a “historic rating” and said the jumbo jets would operate the 30 return flights that would leave on Tuesday and Wednesday in time for the match.

 

However, fans had earlier complained online about difficulties at a crowded airport in Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital ahead of the Portugal clash.

 

The Moroccan team coach, Walid Regragui who recently took over before the start of the tournament has repeatedly called Moroccan fans “the 12th member of the team”

FIFA 2022: MOROCCO BEATS SPAIN, BECOMES FOURTH AFRICAN COUNTRY TO REACH QUARTER-FINALS

Morocco won their match against Spain in a 3-0 penalty shootout to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time.

Morocco has become the fourth African nation to reach the quarter-finals in the FIFA World Cup, standing as the last remaining team from Africa and the only Arab team left in Qatar. 

The Atlas Lions will face Portugal in the quarter-final on Saturday 10th December.

The match which took place at the Education City Stadium had many Moroccans jubilating with joy when their football team beat Spain. 

Morocco’s Sabiri, Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi converted the first, third and seventh penalties to three goals respectively.

The Atlas Lions of Morocco is the fourth African team to reach the last eight of the World Cup – after Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.

Prior to their victory on Tuesday, Morocco had their best result in the biggest soccer tournament in 1986 when they reached the last 16.

Morocco’s win is victory for all Africans, the Arab World and also all the nations that believed in them.

FIFA 2022 WORLD CUP: SENEGAL DEFEATS ECUADOR IN A THRILLING 2-1 MATCH TO QUALIFY FOR KNOCKOUT STAGE

The Teranga Lions have qualified for the first knockout stage of the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup as they defeated Ecuador in a thrilling 2-1 match, which has booked the African team a place in the World Cup’s round of 16.

Ecuador and Senegal kicked-off  their group A match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, as the first attack came from Senegal’s Idrissa Gueye played a good ball from the left aiming for a shot from inside the Ecuador box but missed the target. 

Ismalia Sarr from Senegal converted a penalty to a goal in the 44 minute after being bundled over in the box by Piero Hincapie and gave Senegal a 1-0 lead in the second half. 

After the break, Ecuador desperately searched for way back into the game, and they equalised on 68-minutes when Felix Torres’ near post flick-on was met by Moises Caicedo, who tapped into a practically empty net.

This placed emphasis back on Senegal to find a goal, and within seconds they were back ahead as Kalidou Koulibaly volleyed home from close range after Idrissa Gueye’s free-kick was not cleared.

This will be the first time that Senegal have claimed back-to-back World Cup victories and the third time to have reached the knockout stage in the World Cup. 

Senegal will face England in the round-of-16 on Sunday.

GHANA AND SENEGAL MAKES AFRICANS PROUD AS THEY KEEP WORLD CUP HOPES ALIVE

Senegal and Ghana made Africans proud as the Black Stars and Lions of Teranga defeated their counterparts in the ongoing World Cup tournament in Qatar and became the first two African countries to have a victory-win in the tournament. 

 

THE GLORY OF SENEGAL RESTORED

The Lions of Teranga played their first match against Netherlands on Monday November 21 but lost to Netherlands by two goals to nil.

 

However, the glory of the Teranga Lions was restored after their 3-1 victory against host country Qatar at the Al Thumama Stadium, Doha on Friday November 25, after a defensive error gave the African champions a lead.

 

At the sound of whistle by the referee, Qatar started the game as the Teranga Lions won the coin toss with both teams backing off each during the first couple of minutes. Four minutes into the match the African champions began to press, as Senegal’s Ismalia Sarr played a nice cut from the right hand and blasted it into the side netting.

 

In the 35th minute of the match, Qatar appealed for a penalty after Akram Afif was bundled over in a box by Ismalia Sarr, but was ignored. Senegal’s striker Boulaye Dia drilled in their first goal in the 40th minute after Qatar defender Boualem Khoukhi tried to make a defensive error and landed on his backside.

 

Famara Diedhiou made it 2-0 a few minutes into the second half of the game with a header from a corner, after Abdelkarim tried to stop a cross in the box.

 

Almoez Ali made efforts to register Qatar’s first shot on target but Senegal’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saved the ball. However, Qatar substitute Mohammed Muntari pulled back in the 78th minute with an historic first goal which gave the Asian champions a glimmer of hope and made it 2-1. 

 

Qatar’s unlikely comeback lasted for just six minutes as Ahmadou Dieng restored Senegal’s two-goal lead in the 84th minute.

 

Senegal became the first African side to beat the host nation at a World Cup while Qatar makes history to become the first host nation to lose two matches in a single round of an edition of the World Cup.

 

 

GHANA BEATS SOUTH KOREA

Looking at Ghana’s win after defeating South Korea 3-2 in a thrilling match to revive their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup at Doha’s Education City Stadium on Monday November 28, it was the first time in the history of FIFA World Cup that a team like Ghana has been able to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament according to the team’s coach. 

 

The Black Stars edged out South Korea to 2-0 lead at the first half of the game led by Mohammed Salisu and Mohammed Kudus.

 

South Korea’s Cho Gue-Sung scored with two stunning headers in a three minute spell, which placed parity in the game after 61 minutes.

 

However in the 68th minute, Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus, who had headed in Jordan Ayew’s cross in the first half, added a final twist when he blasted in a third goal for Ghana to defeat their counterparts.

 

More chances fell through in South Korea’s way, as they looked for another equaliser but Ghana had the last laugh.

KIZZ DANIEL THRILLED FANS AT THE QATAR 2022 WORLD CUP

Following his tweet on Wednesday 23rd June, 2022, Nigerian music star Kizz Daniel expressed his desire to perform at the Qatar 2022 World Cup after the success of his hit music “Buga”. He tweeted: “God I want to perform ‘Buga’ for the World Cup with a mass choir. Help me say Amen”.

 

However, his wish came true as the singer enthralled the audience with his performance at the World Cup Fans Festival in Qatar with some of his hit songs.

 

The lively and spirited crowd of soccer fans were seen dancing and screaming in a video snippet  which the singer shared on his Instagram account, with the caption, “As a Naija boy, I say thank you Africa”. Kizz Daniel sang his song ‘Buga’ on Wednesday night.

 

Also, Nigerian artistes patoranking will be performing at the ongoing World Cup tournament. Among others includes Canadian actress, dancer and singer Nora Fatehi performing on November 29; American singer and songwriter Trinidad Cardona performing on December 1.

BORUSSIA’S MOUKOKO BECOMES THE YOUNGEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD CUP.

Borussia’s forward, Youssoufa Moukoko got a surprise call up from Germany’s coach, Hansi Flick to play for Germany in the 2022 World cup in Qatar.

 

Youssoufa Moukoko plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and has scored six times in the Bundesliga this season.

 

This call up has come as a surprise in the football world when Hansi Flick announced his 26-man squad, even though really talented, Moukoko is a very young player. He was born on the 20th of November, 2004.

 

Cameroon already picked out their 26-man squad which did not include Moukoko.

 

The 17-year old was picked following the absence of Timo Werner due to his injury.

 

Youssoufa Moukoko will be known as the youngest player to be in the World cup.

GHANA’S TALENTED STRIKER OBTAINS A UEFA COACHING LICENSE.

Asamoah Gyan, a 36-year old Ghanian footballer enrolled in the Football Association Wales (FAW) coaching in June and has now completed his 6 months residential training. 

 

He has been out of action for almost two years after sustaining an injury while playing for Ghana League Side Legon Cities FC. This striker was Ghana’s all time leading scorer with 51 goals from 109 matches. He was also Africa’s all time top scorer at the quadrennial football showpiece with six goals from three tournaments. He also scored three goals in the 2010 World cup in South Africa which propelled his team to the quarter finals. He was the poster boy for the Black Stars in many tournaments.

 

Sadly, he has been off course as he has not been in action for up to two years and has not featured for the Black Stars since playing at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

 

He expressed his desire to return to the national team ahead of the 2022 World Cup which would have been his fourth appearance at the global tournament but that desire did not materialize. 

 

However, this striker is not ready to throw in the towel yet with his football career. He has gone ahead to obtain a UEFA-B license to become a coach. On Wednesday, 17th November he posted on his social media “Your new UEFA license coach is here, thanks to all who made it possible and a special one to the Wales FA, this is just the beginning. January 2023, coaching clinic loading.” 

 

 This license is just a level below UEFA-A license and with this license , he can be head coach of men’s amateur clubs, youth teams up to 16 and assistant coach for professional clubs. 

 

He has also made us aware that having a coach clinic is on his agenda and that is something that could happen next year.

NIGERIAN ARTIST, KIZZ DANIEL TO PERFORM AT THE FIFA 2022 WORLD CUP.

Few months back, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe popularly known by his stage name Kizz Daniel posted on his social media page that he would love to perform his hit song “Buga” at the World Cup. He might have just wished upon a shooting star because his wish is about to come through.

 

His song “Buga” was a hit as everyone both old and young were jamming along to it, months earlier. It was a viral Tiktok sound before his recent “Cough” took that position. He has recently seen success with his global tour and it is safe to say this year has been a grand year for him.

 

It was recently confirmed by the football governing body on their instagram page when they released the names of those set to perform that Kizz Daniel will be performing alongside five international artists at the FIFA World cup on the 23rd of November,2022 at Doha, Qatar. This is the most significant sporting event in 2022 and it is a big achievement for the singer; and of course his fans are elated.

 

The singer also confirmed his appearance on his Instagram where he captioned the poster “This one’s for Africa. This one’s for Vado Nation. See you in Qatar World Cup 23/11/2022”.

 

The performance is a form of entertainment that boosts the connection between football and music. The World cup is set to hold from the 20th of November till the 18th of December, 2022.

AFRICAN FOOTBALL BODY OFFERS SUPPORT TO FIFA’s CALL FOR UNITY

Ahead of the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has backed FIFA’s call for unity and inclusion.

The host country Qatar, has been condemned for a range of human rights violations heading into the event.

In reference to this, FIFA sent out a letter earlier this month to the 32 teams taking part in the World Cup to request that football remain the focus, rather than politics.

Patrice Motsepe, the CAF president has offered his support to FIFA ahead of the tournament, stating that as it has been over the years, football can be used as a tool to create unity amongst people.

The CAF president said: “We recognise that football has over the years been an important tool for bringing together and uniting people from different races, language groups and religious backgrounds”.

He went on to say that: “FIFA world cup is an important global sporting event that brings together people from different countries and continents for the development and celebration of football worldwide and the advancement of humanity”.

Ahead of the event which kicks off on November 20, 2022, the South American football confederation CONMBEOL, also offered its support to FIFA.

This will be the first time the World Cup will be hosted in the Middle East in the 92-year history of the tournament. 

Senegal is to enter the tournament as Africa’s leading side behind Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon and Ghana.

AFRICA CUPS: RIVERS UNITED QUALIFIES FOR GROUP STAGE AS PLATEAU UNITED LOSES

Nigerian representatives in the African Cups suffered contrasting fortunes in far away Libya as Plateau United failed to qualify in the Confederation Cup, although Rivers United in the group stage after playing a 1-1 draw against Al Nasr.

 

Prior to this, Plateau United secured a lead score 4-1 in the first leg of the Confederation playoff, but suffered a 3-0 loss at the Benina Martyrs Stadium and left the competition on the away goal rule.

 

In the first half, Plateau United managed to play 0-0 but yielded in the second half when their opponent scored three goals after losing several chances in the first 45 minutes.

 

Fidelis Ikechukwu, the team’s coach later paid for their recklessness as they yielded the first two goals in the 62nd and 87th minute and in the fourth minute of the added time, the “Tin City” boys conceded the third goal.

 

As a result of their bad performance in Benghazi, the champions of the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League failed to qualify for the group stage of the Confederation Cup.

 

On the other hand, NPFL defending champions, Rivers United played a 1-1 draw against the host Al Nasr to qualify for the group stage of the Confederation Cup.

 

The host Al Nasr scored the first goal by their team player Abdulsalam Al Fitouri in the 39th minute, and in the 57th minute, former Kano Pillars man, Nyima Nwagua scored a goal for Rivers United.

 

This is the first time a Nigerian club won the Confederation Cup title since it was introduced by CAF.